Life-Changing Summer In Thailand

Life-Changing Summer In Thailand

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Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort. It is a delightful mix of city and sea with a cosmopolitan ambience, lively markets, tasty street food and long wide beaches. This is absolutely the best place to make a lasting impact in Thailand for the next 24 days.

With a long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in blue waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince and the pauper. When you step off the airplane after your flight to Bangkok, you will find it almost natural to slip into your Thai “skin,” even if this is your first trip to Thailand. In no time you will be chit-chatting with the locals, eating at street noodle joints, climbing aboard shared taxi pick-up trucks, and craving rice for breakfast.

Be ready to get to know and love the everyday life in Thailand, enjoy a second home with new friends, become more independent and confident, discover new interests, put your organizational and creative skills to the test, get to know yourself better, and add an international reference to your college resume in order to help with landing that prized college acceptance you’re hoping for.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Have pre-departure and meet your group and group leader in the US before you depart for Thailand.
  • Earn up to 65 hours of community service working with local Thai school children, volunteering with rescue dogs at our own Rescue Paws Foundation,
  • Hunt for bargains and the best Thai food at the incredible night markets of Hua Hin.
  • Soak up the rays at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
  • Gaze upon the famous Emerald Buddha, Reclining Buddha, and the Royal Palace in Bangkok.
  • Savor incredible mouth-watering meals during traditional Thai feasts.
  • Release paper lanterns into the starry night sky.
  • Savor the best pad thai of your life in Hua Hin and Bangkok’s street food scene.
  • Earn 65 hours of community service.
  • Complete two sustainable community projects.
  • Teach English to Thai school children.

You are going to be a key contributor and valued member of an integrated team of experts and students developing and implementing plans to expand a dog rescue program and mangrove forest preservation and education.

Each day you will be teaching English to Thai children and interacting with them around fun skits and games, sharing culture and learning.

Meet your adult leader who will accompany you for the entire program.

  • Bring along 1 friend or more! This program is a lot more fun when you're traveling with a friend.
  • 24 days
  • $5,369 inclusive of round trip airfare from New York City, all meals and all accommodations.
  • Included in this fee:

    • Roundtrip air travel from New York to Bangkok and return.
    • Health and accident insurance or the entire program.
    • 3 meals each day for the duration of the program.
    • Services of the entire staff at Hua Hin campus (all English speaking) and an adult program leader 24/7.
    • Accommodation throughout the program.
    • All local transport.
    • Airport transfers.
    • All projects, activities and entrances.

 


Day By Day

Day 1 (Friday)

Arrive New York City. You will be met at baggage claim and taken to your airport hotel to meet the rest of the group and your group leader. After you settle in to your hotel you will meet the rest of the group to begin your pre-departure orientation.

After dinner you will have time for a swim or time in the gym before settling in for the night.

Day 2 (Saturday)

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the hotel as you continue your pre-departure orientation. You will then head back to the airport for your evening flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3 (Sunday)
Cross the International Date Line.
Day 4 (Monday)

Arrival in Bangkok.  Meet the staff and transfer via van to our campus in Hua Hin about 3 hours southeast of Bangkok.  When you arrive you will be greeted with a welcome dinner on the beach, a t-shirt and tote bag.  You will meet the rest of the team who will be with you the following 3-weeks before heading to your accommodation for the night.

Day 5 (Tuesday)

Morning: After breakfast you will be included in a Welcome Ceremony.  During this time there will be individual introductions and introduction of group projects. We will go over the rules and a program overview.

After lunch we will begin our group projects.

Group Project 1: Rescue Paws.
Group Project 2: Sustainability and Conservation at Pranburi National Park and Mangrove Forest.

Return to Hua Hin after a full day for dinner and the night.

Day 6 (Wednesday)

Morning: After breakfast you will attend a class on Thai Culture and History and you’ll have your first Thai language lesson.

After lunch visit a local Thai school and meet faculty and students. You will plan a Thai skit project with Thai students that will use your new language lessons and provide an opportunity to help the Thai students with their English.

Day 7 (Thursday)

After breakfast you will take a short class on TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages) and you will be able to practice what you’ve learned. This will be very important for the rest of your time in Thailand since you will do some actual teaching to Thai students.

After lunch you will take your second introductory Thai language lesson.

Later in the afternoon you will have time to enjoy the beach before dinner and the night.

Day 8 (Friday)

After breakfast go as a group to a local Thai school where they are expecting you.  Spend the day (lunch at the school with the local students is included) with Thai children in a camp setting.  Play sports, take part in arts and crafts activities and interact with the students in English as they learn from you and you practice your teaching lessons from the day before.

You will have time for some active time on the beach before dinner and the night.

Day 9 (Saturday)

After breakfast, it’s time to head over again to Rescue Paws and to help the staff with the stray dogs.  There is also time to work with the staff and learn more about the stray dog problem in Thailand and how Rescue Paws is helping the local community with their project.

Project #2: Work on group project (Goal): Develop a plan to reduce the number of stray dogs in the Pracuap Kirikhan province of Thailand through proactive and animal friendly methods.

After lunch you will head to the Pala-U Waterfall by van.

This evening after returning to Hua Hin you will enjoy having dinner out in Hua Hin and taking time to enjoy the Night Market before heading back to campus and your accommodation.

Day 10 (Sunday)

Today is a Beach Day including a trip to a Thai Water Park.

Day 11 (Monday)

Get ready for a very busy Monday!  After breakfast you will do more teaching at a local Thai school.  Then after lunch you will be back at Rescue Paws to continue your work on the Rescue Paws Group Project.  When that is finished, you will head to the Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary and a stop at an Artist Village.

You will have dinner and then take a trip to the fresh market to buy items for cooking class tomorrow.

Day 12 (Tuesday)

After breakfast head to a local Thai school to do a little English teacher and working on the English language skits with the students.

After lunch you will have time to work on the Rescue Paws group project.

Dinner will be a lot of fun because you’ll use the ingredients you bought at the fresh market the night before and learn how to prepare a Thai meal, which you and the group will then eat for your dinner.  Later tonight you’ll enjoy a real Thai movie night out.

Day 13 (Wednesday)

After breakfast head to a local Thai school. Today’s focus is on arts and crafts with the local students.

After lunch continue with the Rescue Paws group projects and then after dinner enjoy an evening of bowling at the Market Village.

Day 14 (Thursday)

This morning after breakfast the group will depart for a visit to a Thai temple, complete with a monk blessing.

After lunch you’re back at a local Thai school to finish up your work on the English skits with the students.

Day 15 (Friday)

After breakfast you will volunteer at Rescue Paws by working closely with the team.

After lunch we will visit Pranburi Park, a protected area in Thailand to learn about environmental conservation and sustainability at the park.  Be sure to pack an overnight bag!

Project #2: Work on a group project (Goal): Develop a conservation and sustainability program for the park and local community surrounding the park (including the watershed environment).

During the evening in Pranburi Park, you will have dinner and s’mores on the beach.  You will overnight at the park.

Day 16 (Saturday)

This morning enjoy a breakfast at Pranburi Park and then a boat tour through mangrove forest.  After lunch we will visit Rajibhakti Park to see the Giant Kings statues and Plearn Wan, a recreation of the old-fashioned shophouses that once occupied the Thai-Chinese neighbourhoods of Bangkok and Hua Hin.

From there you will return to Hua Hin for dinner and movie night.

Day 17 (Sunday)

After breakfast head out to Temple Cave, located in National Park, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and certainly the most photographed cave in all of Thailand.  This impressive cave is located inside Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park and getting to the cave you will have some magnificent views of beaches, mountains and forests.

After lunch you will return to Pranburi for further group work on Project #2.

After returning to Hua Hin you will have dinner at Cicada Market and before heading back to your accommodation you will have a tour of the market.

Day 18 (Monday)

After breakfast head over to your school where you will do a little English teaching and continue the work on the skits.

After lunch work on Project #2, sustainability.

Tonight after dinner is bowling night.

Day 19 (Tuesday)

After breakfast head over to the school where you will perform the skit you have been working on the last 2 weeks.

After lunch at the school you will continue to work on Group Project #2: Pranburi Park conservation.

Evening: Work on Projects

Day 20 (Wednesday)

This morning you will finish up the final work on Project #1, Rescue Paws.

After lunch you will make your formal presentation to the Thai stakeholders on your Rescue Paws project.

Day 21 (Thursday)

Today will be spent actually implementing your Rescue Paws project and see exactly how it will work.

Tonight is spent packing your bags during your last night in Hua Hin.  Tomorrow after lunch you will head to Bangkok.

Day 22 (Friday)

This morning you will make your formal presentation on the sustainability project.

After lunch we will travel to Bangkok for two nights before the return flight to the US.  Arrive at your hotel and have dinner.

Day 23 (Saturday)

The morning will begin with Breakfast at your hotel and then a half day tour of Bangkok, including major temples.  In the afternoon there is a visit to the Chatujack Market.  Your evening meal is a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river before heading back to the hotel for your last night in Thailand.

Day 24 (Sunday)

Your farewell meal is today.  Then a “Goodbye Ceremony” with lots of photos.  Make your way to the airport for your flight back to the US and arrival into New York City.


  • July 8 arrival in New York. Arrive in Bangkok on July 11. Return to the US on July 31. The program runs 24 days.

  • There are three group projects.  Project 1 is with an organization called Rescue Paws.  Stray dogs are an issue in Thailand and this organization takes stray dogs off the street and vaccinates them and protects them.  You will volunteer in this agency during your time in Hua Hin and develop a sustainable project that you will leave behind when you depart.

    Project 2 is a sustainable project at Pranburi Park and the mangroves of the park.  You will work with your group to establish a sustainable project during your time inside the park.  The mangrove forests in Thailand are disappearing rapidly and it is alarming because they are home to so many animal and plant species. Pranburi is one of only a handful of areas where they are protected but the surrounding communities and tourism development are encroaching on the forests. 

    Project 3 is not only a “teach English” project with local Thai school children but writing a script in English for a combined skit, which you will perform the last day with the Thai children.

  • You will have a formal orientation that will include teaching exercises and practice teaching, which will make your time at the local Thai schools more enjoyable and give you the confidence you need to have a great experience for you and the children.  You will also learn a lot about the Thai culture and food.

  • You need to be a native English speaker.

  • You will learn introductory Thai as part of this program.

  • 15-18 years of age.  You must be finishing grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.

  • New York City for pre-departure.  Hua Hin, Thailand for the majority of the program with 2 final nights in Bangkok before departing Thailand for the US.

  • Group flight from the US, round trip, included in the price of the program.

  • Tourist visas are placed in your passport on arrival in Bangkok.  The cost of this visa is included in the program fee.

  • Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.

    GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services for the duration of your program.  You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure.  Please read the information about the plan carefully.

    GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.

  • Included.

  • All local transport included.

  • You will stay in a double room with another student of the same gender on the program.  Your adult leader will be in the same building with you.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on all days of the program including weekends.